Adapting Virginia
Adapting Virginia


Peta Hanrahan 2

EVENT: Adapting Virginia
VENUE: The Laneway Artspace
ADDRESS: 148A Barkly St, St Kilda
DATE: Wednesday 4th October 2018
TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
COST: $35 plus booking fee


Award-winning Artistic Director Peta Hanrahan in conversation with Geoffrey Williams, Founding Artistic Director of The Laneway Artspace and the St Kilda Writers Centre, followed by a Q&A. The evening will also include rehearsed readings from Peta’s playscript, adapted from A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf.

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf was adapted by Peta from Virginia Woolf’s canonical feminist text, first delivered as a series of lectures in 1928, and later published as an essay in 1929. In April/May 2016, A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf was presented by Sentient Theatre with La Mama to sold-out audiences and unanimously rave reviews. Cameron Woodhead from The Age gave the production four stars, describing it as, “witty, supple, and conducted in a spirit of restless inquiry, anchoring emotion with intellect, infusing argument with narrative technique.”

Under Hanrahan’s direction and dramaturgical rigour, A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf was lauded as a, “luminous, accessible production. […] On a traverse stage, four actors (Carolyn Bock, Marissa O’Reilly, Jackson Trickett and Anna Kennedy) deliver Woolf’s contentions and fugues, her conflicting internal voices and imagined characters, through a choric quartet.” In a non-naturalistic style, the four characters – The Questioner, The Diplomat, The Sceptic, and The World – represent different aspects of Woolf’s mind in conversation with each other and the audience. The text is rich with poetic imagery, and the actors share the rhythm of the argument in contrast to their individual character’s intentions and functions within the piece.

This adaptation restructures the narrative to feature four performers who represent various aspects of Woolf’s mind in conversation with herself and the audience. The piece both energetically debates and gently reflects on the history of gender disparity, while keeping Woolf’s striking use of metaphor and charming humour alive.

Today, with gender equality campaigns such as Me Too, Time’s Up and NOW Australia, this accessible production shines a light on our history with astounding relevance to contemporary society.

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Peta Hanrahan is the founding Artistic Director of Sentient Theatre and is a graduate of Directing from the VCA, having also received Arts Victoria’s Most Outstanding Graduate Award 2013.

In 2006 La Mama honoured Peta with the L.S.G. Award for Contribution to Theatre. She Directed and Produced SHRIMP winning the Drama Victoria Award 2007. As Founding Artistic Director (2008–2012) of The Dog Theatre, she received the Melbourne Fringe Festival Best Venue Award 2010 and Green Room Award 2010 Best New Venue. From 2014–2016 Peta became the Artistic Director of Verve Studios, a leading Melbourne Actors Training Centre. Some of the companies Peta has directed with include Red Stitch, Melbourne Theatre Company, La Mama and Melbourne Workers Theatre.

“… a must for literary lovers, feminists or those wishing a theatre experience presented with elegant finesse…”— Cheryl Threadgold, Melbourne Observer
“…(a) masterful production, which both engages, challenges, and delights.”
— Sarah W., The Pus One’s
“…powerful and uplifting. I could have been in a room full of intellectuals in passionate and heated discussion, the type of talk that could result in a radical change to the fabric of our society”. — Lisa Romeo, Tagg.
“The season booked out almost immediately and had an anxious waiting list for each performance”. — Peter Green 3MBS

Strictly limited capacity, and bookings are essential.

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